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Assassin's Creed And Movie Premiere Hit By Storm
Video gamers in the northeastern US have been denied the chance to be among the first to play Assassin's Creed III because of the fatal storm that has been striking the region.
GameStop stores cancelled their midnight launches of Ubisoft's historical action sequel as Superstorm Sandy continued to disrupt the New York entertainment scene.
Assassin's Creed III is an historical action-adventure open world stealth game which is appearing on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Microsoft Windows.
The game sees protagonist Connor Kenway take on the British during the American Revolution, and also features a present day setting with returning character Desmond Miles.
Broadway shows, talk shows and concerts were also hit by the storm, as was Tuesday night's premiere of Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.
New York City officials said all film permits for Monday and Tuesday had been revoked because of the storm and associated safety precautions. All 40 Broadway theatres will be closed until Wednesday at the earliest.
The storm halted production on a few films as well, including Akiva Goldsman's Winter's Tale and Darren Aronofsky's Noah, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.
"I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost," tweeted Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, who plays Ila, Noah's adopted daughter.
Some television network schedules were shaken up by the widespread power outages cutting into the available TV audience in the East.
Several stations interrupted their network broadcasts with live news coverage of the storm.
Sandy took a huge toll on the North American box office even before it made landfall.
Ticket sales were down by 11% compared with the same weekend last year, said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for Hollywood.com.
Last weekend's top film, Argo, took £7.5m ($12.1m), while the top film during the same weekend in 2011, Puss In Boots, earned £21m ($34m) - almost three times as much.